Between 25 and 30 percent of Spaniards suffer from pyrosis, which is colloquially called acidity, and consists of an unpleasant sensation of pain or burning in the esophagus, just below the sternum, which is due to the regurgitation of gastric acid coming from the stomach.

Manuel is a "very frequent" symptom, in the words of the president of the Royal National Academy of Medicine and head of the Gastroenterology Department of the San Carlos Clinical Hospital, Manuel Díaz-Rubio, and may be an indication of other pathologies of varying severity , including the hiatus hernia.

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) occurs as a consequence of the pathological reflux of gastric contents into the esophagus, and is currently one of the most prevalent digestive diseases among the western population. "It is estimated that 10 percent of the population suffers," clarifies Diaz-Rubio. However, he affirms that, nowadays, there are "very special" units in various centers of the country, such as the San Carlos Clinic, dedicated to the study of patients who suffer this problem "with great accuracy" and with the use of "modern techniques. " "At present, there is a spectacular clinical methodology, which allows those affected to obtain great benefits with the treatment, before moving on to other good therapeutic alternatives, such as surgery."

As he points out, the current treatment involves the use of proton pump inhibitors, drugs that inhibit the secretion of gastric acid, which allows less acid to reflux and reduces symptoms.


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